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Janine
Shepherd

Overcoming the impossible.

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Janine Shepherd's story reads like the plot of a Hollywood movie. A champion cross-country skier in training for the Winter Olympics, her life was irrevocably altered when she was hit by a truck on a bike ride. Doctors warned her parents that she was not expected to survive her extensive injuries and even if she recovered, she would never walk again. Janine's hopes of being an elite sportsperson were gone. But she refused to believe what medical staff were telling her and instead focused every sinew of her being on healing her broken body and crushed morale. After spinal surgery and months in the hospital, Janine returned home in a wheelchair.

Struggling to come to terms with her shattered Olympic dreams, and wondering what life could now offer, Janine's fighting spirit was rekindled watching small planes flying overhead. At that moment she said to herself, "If I can't walk, I'll fly". And fly she did. Janine's miraculous recovery and subsequent achievements are a testament to the power of the human spirit, a story that will move and inspire all who hear it.

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Today, Janine Shepherd is a best-selling author and internationally renowned speaker who travels extensively in Australia and throughout the world sharing her story with others.

Janine has been featured on 60 Minutes, This is Your Life and Talking Heads, and her life story became a successful motion picture titled Never Tell Me Never starring Claudia Karvan. Janine was named one of Ten Outstanding Young People of the World by Junior Chamber International in 1998, and was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2001 for her work with the Australasian Spinal Research Trust.

Over many years, Janine has been inspired by the many people she has met on her travels, as they in turn have been motivated and moved by her. Janine has come to realise that everything she has learned from life's challenges can be distilled into one phrase and defined by one outstanding quality: that of acceptance.

Janine believes that acceptance is truly the greatest gift of all, and one that we need to nurture in order to move on from tragedy or loss to find fulfillment. The Gift of Acceptance, Janine's latest book, is a collection of her wisdom, insight and advice, a distillation of 25 years of struggle and learning.

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A fantastic closing speaker. The feedback from our delegates was excellent. A true inspiration: it was a wonderful way to finish a conference. And such a lovely lady too! Ray White

Excellent. She had them laughing, crying and thinking about their lives. She was the best motivational speaker we’ve ever had.

Dick Smith Electronics

Excellent. She was outstanding and inspirational. Best speaker for helping our team believe anything is possible.

NRMA

Excellent... Janine's presentation was an inspiration to all who attended.

CSR Readymix

Your presentation was full of enthusiasm, humour and energy. Quite clearly, your courage and dedication in overcoming adversity will have a long lasting and motivating effect on our conference delegates.

AMP

Your story is one of incredible courage, yet delivered in an easy and entertaining manner, a manner that held all in attendance spellbound. We could not have had any better way to end our conference... thank you!

Retravision

Janine is a brilliant story teller who uses her wit, charm, humour, and impeccable timing to engage the audience. She shares her journey in an expansive, inspiring and universal way that touches every heart in the room and invites each of us to dream, to reach, to grow beyond our preconceived limits. After the standing ovation subsided, we all wanted to run outside and shout our newly empowered mission to the heavens. I wish we could bottle what she offers and flow that elixir throughout the world.

Davidji - Chopra Centre Lead Educator and Dean of Chopra Center University

Janine is a change agent. She has an extraordinary ability to ignite people's spirits and move them to find the real potential of their lives; her story inspires people around the world.

Deepak Chopra

Janine is a dynamo! I have seen her work her 'magic' many times, and have come to realise that it's not 'magic' at all... it's honesty, integrity and communication skills far above the ordinary. Her audiences are left inspired and empowered... and you will be too!

Immediate Assistants

Janine's story is one that needs to be shared with any of us who may be harbouring thoughts of self-pity, defeat and desperation. It should be shared with all as a reminder of the importance of laughter in our day-to-day lives irrespective of our own difficulties. But importantly, it is a story that needs to be shared with all who are intimidated by, or who are unwilling to confront, the many life challenges of today. We remain humbled and positively energised by your unforgettable story.

Sara Lee

'Renew the Spirit' was our conference theme and your story was an inspiration to us all. Feedback from the team was overwhelming. What a truly moving story. I hope participants appreciate how fortunate they are and the importance of strength and determination in our lives.

British Petroleum (BP)

Your inspiring story was a perfect fit with our conference theme and the delivery of the material was brilliant. Your inspiring story captured the hearts of all our delegates and certainly caused them to view their own challenges and obstacles from a new perspective.

Caltex

Janine had the whole room enthralled - her story is undeniably epic, and her delivery is animated and engaging. She clearly had a message to give which was relevant to all of us in both our personal and working lives: go ahead and do what you want to do - never let anyone tell you never, never let the odds dissuade you from trying, and learn to love the challenge. There were tears and laughter, and we loved every minute. I will definitely be reading her books!

PiceWaterhouseCoopers

Janine’s story is remarkable and inspiring, and her message will challenge everyone in the room to rethink their lives, goals and abilities. We chose Janine to launch Nitro’s “Be Bold” speaker series, and she could not have been more perfect. We encourage our Nitronauts to dream big, believe in themselves, and to never give up - and this is Janine’s story. Janine is smart, brave, funny, an incredible human being, and a powerful speaker with a truly unique perspective on the world. I would highly recommend Janine to anyone hoping to engage and motivate teams of any kind. After such an impressive performance at Nitro, future "Be Bold” speakers have big shoes to fill

Nitro

“Janine’s story is remarkable and inspiring, and her message will challenge everyone in the room to rethink their lives, goals and abilities. We chose Janine to launch Nitro’s “Be Bold” speaker series, and she could not have been more perfect. We encourage our Nitronauts to dream big, believe in themselves, and to never give up - and this is Janine’s story. Janine is smart, brave, funny, an incredible human being, and a powerful speaker with a truly unique perspective on the world. I would highly recommend Janine to anyone hoping to engage and motivate teams of any kind. After such an impressive performance at Nitro, future "Be Bold” speakers have big shoes to fill!”

Nitro
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